Sunday, September 27, 2009

Whoring Out a Franchise

Law & Order - Dick Wolf was able to make a franchise massively huge that I don't know if any could compare. Law & Order begot SVU, a show that completely stands on it's own. Law & Order Criminal Intent has had to use various shticks to sustain itself like rotating leading characters and staff overhauls in recent years. The original having new faces constantly makes sense when the series lasts 19 years...we miss you Lenny! Wolf's had his failure as well with Trial By Jury, but I'm sure he loses no sleep over it with his other babies all grown up and successful. I've seen L&O: UK on imdb and wonder how far he'll be able to stretch this before something breaks.

Then you have CSI. The original may not survive the loss of three primary characters. I feel sorry for the actress playing Riley...her character was completely lost in the shuffle when everyone else started dropping like flies. CSI: Miami is truly a joke to me...no science to drag down the average viewer just crappy dialog, unrealistic situations (not just Calley running in 6" stilettos, but every couple weeks something huge blows up), and somehow it's the cream of the crop from Mr. Bruckheimer. CSI: NY took me a while to warm up to after being let down by Miami. These aren't going away anytime soon.


Now I see NCIS is bringing on NCIS: LA - Congratulations you officially have a ridiculous amount of letters in your acronym.


Spin offs are almost as mind boggling, but at least they have the courage to call the new show by another name. They still stretch the franchise, but it seems closer to riding coat tails rather than the rub and tug the ones above seem to be. Angel spinning off of Buffy seemed to be successful. Joey...not so much. The jury is still out on Grey's Anatomy's creation of Private Practice. How Cleveland coming from Family Guy will fair is really going to be a test of Seth McFarland's cult like following.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

British Pop

I've been listening to BBC Radio 1 on Satellite radio for the last year or so. I have to admit, I'm totally gay for the DJs and bands that are played repeatedly. The Wife hates talking on the radio...don't even think about leaving a commercial on. So maybe that's the attraction for me. I did go to school to work on radio and don't get to experience any of my former passion when she's around. That said, the Brits absolutely love the garbage Disney and the other Mega-Record Companies manufacture for teeny-bopper-pop coming out of America. Their own island inhabitants however really make me smile (at least more than 50% of the time). Most of the time those lead to groovin' in the driver's seat and embarrassing shower-karaoke-style sing-a-longs in the car.
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Dizzee Rascal for example, I just can't get enough. Bonkers was absolute perfection. Others from him I've heard have sampled songs you can't help but love so they to are awesome. David Guetta teamed up with Akon to put out Sexy Chick (censored version of Sexy Bitch is my preference) that also makes me groove more than others. Can't say that Jay Sean works though. I heard he was the first UK artist to hit the 10 ten in the US since James Blunt. I'm appalled, but not really surprised. Though Muse of Franz Ferdinand I thought would have hit up there...maybe that's just because I like them.
Florence and the Machine and La Roux are two bands that have won me over whole-heartedly! Everything these ladies put out there is gold! Marmaduke Duke's Rubber Lover and Calvin Harris' I'm Not Alone are definitely worth a mention.
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So that brings me to my real confusion with some of what I'm hearing. There will always be throw away music produced...but there are a few bands I've been hearing that just weird me out. Do you remember hearing the Bee Gee’s for the first time? At first your brain thinks it's a girl singing. As you realize it's definitely a man you wonder...how the f^*%? When The Darkness came out a few years ago, they reminded me of the Bee Gee’s because of the ultra high falsetto. Still really easy to enjoy, so really no threat. Then last year in the US Robin Thicke came out and I wanted to vomit. Definitely throw away music and sounds like a castration victim. So two other groups have been playing on this type of success...Scissor Sisters and Mika. I love Mika's We Are Golden...makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but so far his only release to do it. Scissor Sisters are questionably over the top gay...but I don't have anything other than one video I've seen to go on. All of these guys have a distinct sound due to utterly falsetto voices. First, when are their vocal cords going to go on strike? Second, what producer keeps pushing this sound? Third, why, why, why? Fine, I'm gay for Scott Mills and Greg James, but darn it...at least I'm not a rabid Robin Thicke fan...Ha!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Braggin' 'Bout the Kid


It's been a while...life flies by whether you're paying attention or not.

The kid is crawling everywhere. Literally our little escape artist. We've been using walkers to block the "holes" in the living room. She's figured out how to crawl through them or push them out of the way. She thinks it's hilarious when we chase her, she giggles all the way down the hall. But her favorite is the dining room and kitchen. She squeals with joy everytime she crosses a rug instead of the tile.
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Her first two bottom teeth came in a couple months ago. She doesn't bite while breastfeeding anymore, but everything else is free game. Toes are just askin' for it, sitting there uncovered on her level. The top two teeth look like they're trying to come through now.
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She learned to clap last week and couldn't be happier with herself. A toy of her plays the alphabet song, she hums and claps along with it.
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While words and books fascinate her, no obsession seems to be quite as strong as our laptops. If we're on them, she wants to play. Watching videos and slideshows of herself having top billing. If she's on the ground and we're using one, she'll slide her hand on the keyboard and start grabbing/typing away. She's rotated my wife's screen sideways dozens of times. It still takes us 10 minutes to fix it too. (while trying to type this, she's erased and typed tons of times).
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She's also an eater. We've introduced all kinds of veggies and fruits. Some more successful than others. We make everything using this Beba baby food steamer and pureer. Hands down one of the greatest gifts we've used. If you've ever compared how brown peas in a baby food jar and then looked at how bright and green steamed and pureed peas look, you'd never feed your kid that crap in a jar again.